We hear the term often, don’t we. It is encouraging to find hard-working folks willing to share their time, talent, and treasure with those less fortunate, particularly through networks of advocacy.
Yes, here is one more relation to Newtown, CT: we have heard incorrect information about the penchant for individuals on the Autism spectrum to be violent and so on in light of this terrible tragedy. What we don’t hear enough about is the thousands of teachers and classroom aides like Mrs. Murphy who tirelessly give themselves for the betterment of special needs children, who in turn thrive, grow, and love.
The Black community in the US is often left out of special needs conversations; numerous studies and statistics point to all sorts of social, economic, and emotional issues facing Black (and Latino/a) communities but all too often we don’t hear of the heroes in the fight.
Drs Latunde and Hale have a blog entitled AfroAdvocacy, designed, as the introduction to the site says
to provide advice and counsel for parents of African American children. Parents will be provided an opportunity to seek advice from a network of educators who are affiliated with ISAAC. Articles will be posted, information will be shared that will enable families to navigate the educational systems that can be weapons of oppression or instruments of liberation.
If you are interested in reading about their work, contributing (POSITIVELY) to the conversation, or are in need of support, check out the blog. If this is not your cup of tea, please don’t diminish the work of these scholar-practitioners with negativity. We all have enough of that, don’t we? Thanks much. Keep on keeping on.